Council backs the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards

Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher
Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher

ANOTHER great backer has got on board for the Hartlepool Mail sports awards.

We’re delighted to have the backing of Hartlepool Borough Council for our competition and the authority is putting its name behind the Inspire category.

Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher, leader of Hartlepool Council, said: “Hartlepool has a proud track record of producing some outstanding sportspeople at local, regional, national and international levels. They shine not only because of their achievement, their passion and their commitment, but also because of the way they inspire the rest of us to get involved, have a go and do our best.

“The council is proud of its role in helping to encourage people of all abilities and ages to discover sport and enjoy the fun, the personal achievement and the new friendships which it brings, not to mention the major health benefits as well.

“That goal is helped no end by the athletes, the coaches, the volunteers and the family and friends who give their time and energy to share their skills and enthusiasm with others. They deserve to be recognised, and we are therefore delighted to sponsor this award.”

We want to hear from people of all walks of sporting life. We know there are still plenty of heroes of football, cricket, rugby and many other sports in Hartlepool. We want to honour the people who make our town the envy of the country.

Over the years, Hartlepool has regularly produced winners in boxing, golf, swimming, athletics and lots more sports besides.

In fact, it doesn’t matter which sport you compete in – we want to hear from you all.

This is only the second year that we have run our sports awards and our inaugural event was a winner. But we want to make the 2014 version even bigger and better.

From the best in disabled sportspeople to grass roots performers, from coaches to teams – we want to honour them all. And we can only do that with your backing.

Over the next few weeks, we shall be featuring stories on some of the nominations that we have already received.

Then it’s over to the judges to draw up a shortlist before the finale in early October.

• Fill in the application form below or go HERE


• Team of the Year;

• Sportsperson Special Achievement Award;

• Disabled Sports Person Award;

• Disabled Team of the Year;

• Sports Official/Referee Award;

• Coach of the Year Award;

• Unsung Hero Award or Volunteer/Young Leader Award;

• Club of the Year Award;

• Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Hartlepool Mail;

• Sports Personality of the Year Award;

• Young Sports Personality of the Year Award;

• Inspire Award (recognising a man, woman or team who has inspired others to participate in sport and physical activity because of their contribution);

• Contribution to Disability Sports.